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Ancient Sport of Egypt

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Ancient Sport of Egypt

There was a bated hush over the arena
people watched the warriors fight the lion
it was a battle royal, much needed was stamina
they could not complete their task without it

Fearful of his power and strength
they fought mightily to overcome him
knowing if he got loose he would attack
ripping them from limb to bloody limb

The crowd gasped in hot excitement
secretly they wanted the lion to break free
they were there for blood, the more the better
just so long as it was not their own

The fight carried on some men mauled
as the lion tugged them close
bleeding they were carried off
more warriors took their place


Cheers go up as the mighty lion is overpowered
legs bound up he roars in frustration
the warriors stand round jeering
one grasps his spear and strikes deep

The lion gives a final defiant roar
as he lies blood pouring out
he starts to shake with shock
as his heart pumps to a stop

The smell of battle sweat and blood
hang heavily in the air intoxicating
the cheers fade to a silent respect
the honor that is paid to a worthy foe

written 12/01/2013

contest Ancient Egypt

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  1. Date: 12/26/2013 8:58:00 PM
    Linda, I felt I was there--well deserved win!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/27/2013 4:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Craig I am glad you enjoyed it Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/26/2013 7:57:00 PM
    Nice take on the interpretation and congratulations on the win, Shadow

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/27/2013 4:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Ram appreciated ty so much Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/26/2013 5:43:00 PM
    Grreat write and win Shadow ..congrats

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/27/2013 4:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Joseph ty Shadow x smile hug
    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/27/2013 4:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


  1. Date: 12/4/2013 2:39:00 PM
    powerful and sad one here, my friend - a big winner for sure

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/6/2013 7:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Jack nice of you to visit ty so much Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:49:00 PM
    I see you continue to be inspired. Very effective piece. Seems kinda unfair for the lion, I might have let him out to give him a fighting chance.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/6/2013 7:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    nice thought Rick not what picture shows though I am glad I am not on the end of the ropes two seem very inadequate ty dear Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 5:39:00 PM
    GREAT description of the sad event. well, for me it is sad. I am sure for the crowd , it was quite joyous.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/6/2013 7:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    yes it is Andrea and for what? So called sport!!! They were blood thirsty days ty for reading Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 5:48:00 PM
    sad ending for the lion...very nicely penned Shadow

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/3/2013 4:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    yes Joseph barbaric even ty Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 2:53:00 PM
    Really great imagery and storytelling in this poem. This kept my interest all the way through! Very well done, Shadow! I wish you the best of luck in the contest!...Thank you so much for the wonderful congrats on my poem. It really means a lot!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/3/2013 4:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Kelly and ty for your nice review and gl wishes Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/1/2013 9:54:00 PM
    Great thoughts nicely penned on the picture

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/3/2013 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Ram expressive painting Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/1/2013 8:31:00 PM
    Great write Shadow!!!! This could be ancient or now it seems.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/3/2013 4:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Arthur yes it could be. Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/1/2013 4:01:00 PM
    Great stuff shadow, makes me realize how barbaric we humans really are. We hide it these days, but just scratch the surface a little. I enjoyed this read today...Peter

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/3/2013 4:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    nail squarely hit on head Peter glad you enjoyed Shadow x smile hug